Would you want to be a superhero like Spider-man, Superman, or even Shrek? Yes, I consider Shrek a superhero. (I personally would love to fly.) Where would someone find out how to become a superhero? How would you ever become a superhero?
There really is a simple way to finding out if you would like to be a superhero or even like a particular career. Informational interviewing is a great way to find out. It’s asking someone who is doing what you want, questions.
For example: If you wanted to become a real estate agent, you could take a high quality agent out for lunch. (I would suggest an agent that lives far enough away that it wouldn’t be competition.) Take a notepad and ask as them questions such as:
- How did you get started in this career?
- What does your typical day look like?
- In a down economy what things do you do to keep an income?
- What have you learned on the job that school doesn’t teach?
- What would you recommend someone new to focus on first?
By actually taking initiative, you’ll discover if you would like a particular career path or not. I know this may be simple wisdom, but not many people do it. So if you desire a specific career, go find out if you would enjoy it. Informational interviewing is a great way to find out what you love. There you have it. Happy interviewing!
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